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    September 15, 2010
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and joy a file cabinet chock full of possibly their personal documents and important paper work charred to a crisp. it's painful and devastating scene. and this confronted homeowners on claremont drive this morning. armed with rakes and sisters claremont drive residents whose homes were destroyed salaged what they could. there isn't much. a belt. treasures unrecognizable to anyone else. and bob pellagrini filled the back of a pickup truck with scraps. there was a surprise or two. >> i was surprised my brother's cds were intact. there are some photos of my mom and aunt who passed away which is nice. >> he's lived in the same house since high school and known the firefighters who tried to save it since they were kids next door. residents started to be awill youed back in yesterday afternoon escorted by
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firefighters and police. wearing protective suits as a precaution. pelligrini says he'll get to go back in once more before the debris is cleared away. >> this starts the healing process seeing it done now. my car is destroyed. i mean it's -- melted in. wheels melted off. >> cleaning crews swarm the houseworking to remove the smell of smoke. her house is green tagged with only minor damage a fact she finds amazing after horror of thursday evening she says she heard a loud the house shook violently. >> this is really and how -- how quickly have you gone from hearing a roar to feeling the heat? >> it -- almost immediate. >> there is a strong police presence here. there has been one arrest for looting and atherton police officer tells us that two
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would be looters were caught impersonating a utility work skbrer a fire fighter. and we're also told by a resident his lap top he believes was stolen out of his house by a looter. police have a big job trying to protect property in a situation like this one. in san bruno abc 7 news thank you very much. >> part of the investigation is focused on why it took so long to shut off the natural gas pipeline. the fire burned nearly two hours before pg&e was able to shut it off. pg&e says workers turned valves off manual lism many say it should have happened faster. the assemblyman jerry hill says he's introducing legislation requiring pg&e to set up a system shutting off valves from a remote location. >> safety is a core value at pg&e. we start every meeting with
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it. we work hard to maintain safety for the people that we serve. >> and several people are badly injured and 37 homes were destroyed. >> the obama administration is now asking for more oversight of the nation's pipelines and stronger penalties for violations of the pipeline safety rules. transportation secretary submitted legislation to congress following that blast and several other pipeline accidents. and east bay congressman requested congress hold a hearing in san bruno. >> we need to sort out of relationship. the role of the federal government in this. the relationship of state governments and the utilities. and your honor any saigs over and around existing pipe lines. these things need to be sorted out we need to have regulations in place. >> and the reported on monday one of the most at risk
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pipelines runs through livermore through the district. >> there are injuries from this fire. we're getting an update tonight on the number pechl injured in the blaze. eight people are still in two bay area hospitals being treesed for burns. four patients are listed as critical. three serious one in fair condition. hospital officials say there are at least all stable and are showing signs of recovery. >> and craig's list told a house judiciary subcommittee says it will not relaunch it's adult services section. it suddenly blocked sex ads. the committee is investigating child sex trafficking. san francisco-based craig's list says it's been aggressive in trying to stop child exploitation by reporting suspicious ads to national center for missing and exploited children. congressman jackie spear said that is not enough to fight a growing epidemic. >> perpetrators hide behind
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personal computer skprz a child at their door step with a click of a button. between 2004 and 2008 child sex trafficking complaints originating from the internet actually grew by 1,000%. >> craig's list told a panel people who want to advertise sex services will turn to other less scrupulous sites. >> and uc berkeley graduate freed from an iranian prison spent a day of freedom undergoing medical exams. the 32-year-old released yesterday after more than 13 months in captivity. you can see she's been reunited with her mother. a state department spokesman says she spend more time in ohman to decompression. their mothers say they're hopeful their sons will be released soon. >> i was very hopeful that maybe shane and josh would
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have been released with her and it became clear that that wasn't going to happen. >> the mother spoke with sarah shourd by phone and told them the men are strong and have positive attitudes. 50 we're going to turn to our san bruno fire disaster coverage in just a moment. some people left to fend for themselves up next heroism of strangers that saved a group of elderly women. >> also the staggering amount of money meg whitman contributed to her own campaign, it's a record total. >> and if you're making weekend plans you're going to want to stay tuned. i have rain if the accu-weather forecast.
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>> closed captioning brought to you by mancini sleepworld. >> today governor schwartzeneggar made a visit to the san bruno explosion and
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fire. he was in asia last thursday when the disasterpened. we have the reaction from the governor. >> the governor just landed to take a tour of the disaster zone. he'd been on a trade mission since that explosion and happened to be taking off today. and if you look behind me we're not far from the explosion site. there are some people in those white cover all safety uniforms there that are homeowner who's are able to get back to their homes for the first time. so today is the first time the governor is seeing the devastation for himself like those residents back there. did he get continuous updates and has the lieutenant governor as acting governor coordinating everything in his absence. the governor said he's glad california's estate is ready to act and respond quickly. and says thoughts and prayers to families of the victims and the three still missing. for the investigation the
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governor wants answers and vows for truth to come out. >> if there is a faumt or a problem or something not maintained whatever it may be you will know there. is no hiding of information. i can guarantee you that. i will get the reports and i'm on that because i'm a big believer in not so much pointing finger buzz only thing that's we can learn from mistakes made is by looking into this and acknowledging it honestly. making changes so it doesn't happen again that. is how we can cut down this kind of tragedies. it's the most important thing. >> and the governor heads back to los angeles for a much-needed rest i'm sure after the long flight there. is talk in sacramento to try to get safety measures in place to prevent this tragic accident from happening again. >> thank you. >> a section on the same
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pipeline that exploded in san bruno runs under south san francisco. that section was supposed to be repaired last year and this never was. >> pg&e won approveal to raise your rates to replace the potentially dangerous section of pipe. the work was never done. the section located two miles north of san bruno on the same gas line that blew on thursday. pg&e told regulators free years ago a section of pipe under south san francisco posed a high risk of failure. the utility raised gas rates to pay for a replacement project. however the work was delayed until 2013 which now has consumer advocates concerned. >> this is incumbent on pg&e and regulators to get this
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system back in shape so that people can rest easily in their homes and not be afraid that they're going to be subject to another incident. >> and you can see red lines on the map showing where the pipelines run. that is unsettling for san francisco official who's want to know exactly where the pipelines are located. >> the system is rather old. it's concerning for sure. we'd like to get a better understanding what is out there what the condition is of the pipe and then take action. pg&e, in this case to remember dhi situation. >> the city manager says pg&e so far won't provide the location of the aging pipe citing security reasons and in a statement pg&e says the south san francisco pipe was not the section involved in the incident. we're committed to performing the work to assure safety of our transmission system.
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pg&e did identify this line section as being a high priority project. based on updated assessment we rescheduled the project. the repairs of the pipeline are scheduled to happen in 2013 the rule will be keeping track of this. >> thank you. >> and we want to share remarkable story of heroism that came out of the explosion and fire. more people might have died had it not been for quick thinking bravery of three men who rushed in as many others were rushing out. >> picture this. five elderly women inside that have home some in wheelchairs and at least one confined to her bed. they were alone because one of the care givers had gone outside to get help and the second fled the scene apparently because she was scared. these three men came along and saved them.
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flames were quickly consuming homes. heat and smoke were unbearable. bobby and his father ran into a woman ut side of the golden era care home yelling for help. >> we're just yelling down the street making sure everybody was out. and we met fanny who is now i find out is arnold's mom screaming outside. i asked what is wrong. if anyone was inside. she said yes. come help me. >> inside were women in their 80s and 90s left alone who had to be rescued in a hurry. a third man named frank joined n they were thought they were done. they discovered one more woman in a back room. a 96-year-old mary sweeney deaf and confined to a bed. >> we lifted her up. and all three of us my dad, frank and i out of the bed wheeled her out as far as we could. then heat was just so bad. so hot wex lifted her up and threw her into a car just to
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get out of there. >> the melted siding on this house across the street from the elderly home shows how hot things got. >> insurance investigators were at the home today interviewing the owner arnold deleon. woe not say why the care giver fled. >> that is all i can say everybody? everybody is fine there. is nothing to, i want to thank the people who saved the people here that is all i can say. okay? thank you. please. >> what about the two people who left? >> no. no. no comment. >> these were peoples lives sir? >> swiney's son says he's glad the men went back. >> we know these three men saved my mom's life. smoke inhalation. we didn't know whether flames were going to get her. it shows that there are people who care. there are people willing to go in and to save strangers at
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their own peril. >> so of course this story is spreading rather quickly. we're now hearing that the san mateo board is planning to honor the three men who were so instrumental in of course saving these women. >> they deserve this honor. thank you very much. we'll swre a lot more material on this fire on our web site. you can access video and dispatch audio from the night the mayor broke out. it's nas nating to listen to as well as resources for residents and information if you'd like to send a donation there. is a wealth of information on our web site. just go to abc 7 news.com. >> turbing to other news of the day. california attorney general filed civil lawsuits against eight former and current city officials in bell. jerry brown and there is he wants them to return hundreds of thousands of dollars and the former city manager being paid nearly $800,000.
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the city emmoiys were among the highest paid in the country. >> meg whitman set a record for personal contributions in a campaign. and and republican candidate for governor contributed another $15 million bringing her personal donation to $119 million. spending by the former ebay ceo surpasses previous record of $109 million set by new york city mayor michael bloomberg last year. >> sandhya patel has a look at tonight's accu-weather forecast. >> warming up a little bit? >> absolutely wex saw areas coming up today. tomorrow, a few more degrees warmer in inland communities then it's down hill from there. cool weather this weekend. and there is a possibility of rain believe it or not. we've had a day of rain in september across parts of the bay area.
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this will be the second round. let's talk about the possibility in just a moment there. is a live picture from san jose. it's sunny now and a real nice-looking day. there is another perspective. looking across the bay, you can see a few patches of fog lingering there. some areas are starting to see the sun even theer the coastline. not everywhere. here are the current readings coastal areas into 50s in places like half moon bay. inland areas into 80s another mild day. looking for drizzle friday morning and then rain chances increasing as we head into weekend. looking at pacific satellite picture short term we have this ridge of high pressure that will keep us dry. and behind that there are weak disturbances that will get there. first we'll dweel mild condition was a ridge of high pressure holding on tomorrow.
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then the ridge starts to shift. let's take you through time here tomorrow is a nights-looking day with drizzle developing by friday morning along the coast. just out haeftd front. then the front starts to approach and as this cold front gets closer to the bay area by saturday afternoon. we're looking at rain developing into evening hours and then heading into sunday. the front starts to fall apart. then looks like showers will make their way down towards the monterey bay. chances of rain this weekend. fog locally inland. temperatures into 50s. and 49 degrees. and there is mid to upper 70s los gatos 78 degrees. 77 in santa clara. there is clearing in redwood city and downtown san
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francisco 68 degrees. and in the north bay up to 80s in santa rosa and nappa. 77 in san rafael. east bay communities into 70s 72 oakland. inland areas low to upper 70s brentwood 87 degrees. 83 in pleasanton and for the bay 75 in santa cruz. 84 inland in morgan hill. here is the accu-weather forecast. there is is low 60s to mid-80s tomorrow. a cooler afternoon and then you notice cooler heading into weekend. mid to upper 70s inland. low 60s at the coast. there is rain chances developing over the weekend. just a side note. a week from today seasons change. the autumnal equinox takes place next wednesday. >> that is it. summer is over.
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>> in the fall we get warm weather here. >> true that. is true. >> just ahead keeping an eye on crime. up next a tiny camera police officers will soon are wearing on their uniforms. >> then feel the pageantry and power. a sneak peek at san francisco opera season a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a
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a small grass fire triggered traffic problems this afternoon in or yind yachl the fire broke out about 1:20 this afternoon on the island heading into town. heavy smoke forced the patrol to close that ramp and took crews about half an hour to
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douse flames and burned two acres. no structures were threatened. cause is under investigation. >> and the oakland police department is moving forward with plans to buy 350 tiny kramz from officers to wear on their uniforms, so far 15 officers are testing these devices out in the field. they clip on recording both audio and video when cover is opened. the material is recorded on an internal hard drive ep then up loaded at the end of each shift. cameras release plaising those mounted on police cars and will be paid for with money aloe indicated for that system dped ral funding. the price tag is more than half a million dollars. >> now about 850 union workers in san francisco hilton unionin square today voting l wl to strike. there are 9,000 with local two in the city working with out a contract more that be a year. the hilton workers oppose increases in work load higher costs and freeze on pensions. officials say the hotel will remain operational with
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managers and temporary replacements if there is a strike. >> okay, we have proof heroes come in all shapes sizes and species. >> coming up next how a donkey saved a barn yard friend from the clutches of a mountain lion.
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coming up we're going tok to go back to the san bruno explosion. a look at the home owe owner who's want to rebuild. >> inside of a man who got into a freeway shootout with the patrol whochl the shooter says he was after and why. >> and fda gets set to determine the fate of a popular breast cancer drug. >> and there has been a number of mountain lion sightings in northern california tonight a goat in butte county.
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>> and he says the early wake up call turned into an experience he won't soon forget. >> his goat butter milk being attacked by a loan i lion. >> she was just swaying with mazing intensity in the face of this mountain lion. our next move just to start -- she started running around into just whooping it up. and hitting her. it was amazing how she just laid into him. >> oh my. >> butter mill sk recovering nicely. and the two have been inseparable since that attack. boy taking on a mountain lion? >> butter milk owes poppy. you know who your friends are. >> poppy to the rescue. >> absolutely. world news is up next. i'm cheryl jennings.